Cozy winter wear
Coats: Statement coats
This winter, don’t blend in. Instead of donning coats in earthy, autumnal colors, try a trend that’ll light up the dreariest days – extroverted coats super-bright with citrus colors, bold colorblocking or oversized menswear prints. (Animal prints are also on this season’s style radar.)
Coats: Pea coats
Bing Shopping | Pea coats
Military chic is very of-the-moment, but instead of an overpowering regimental frock coat, how about something closer to a classic. The timeless peacoat is popular for a reason – it looks good on everybody. Choose black or blue for a chic traditional look or cool color-blocking for something trendier.
Bing Shopping | Parkas
Snuggle up in one of these wicked-weather repellers and you won’t want to shed it till spring. Parkas boast two trend-right vibes – military and athletic (think: ski slopes), plus that eminently practical hood to keep wind, rain and snow at bay. And the typical drawstring waist makes you look trim, not tremendous.
Coats: Faux fur
Bing Shopping | Faux fur
Whether you prefer just a touch to accent your parka’s hood or a full-on imitation of Old Hollywood glam, faux fur is haute for winter. Many of these fabulous fakes will keep you just as toasty as the real thing, as they sport extra insulation in the lining.
Bing Shopping | Puffers
The hippest outerwear pick this winter has got to be the slim puffer coat. Down or down-feather blends provide weightless warmth, and with none of that old-school Michelin Man effect. Cropped silhouettes, self-belts and smaller quilting create a truly sexy winter jacket. Finishes that gleam or blaze with neon color rock.
Leather jackets are a year-round trend hit this year, and there’s no reason not to wear them in the depths of winter. Look for knee-length trench styles, longer cuts that reach almost to the floor, or aviator styles that hit at the waist but offer insulated interiors to keep you warm.
Bing Shopping | Shearling
A well-made shearling jacket will last through this year’s inclement weather and way beyond. And you can find these excellent insulators in any mood you like – from small-scale aviator and moto cuts to oversized toggle fronts and anorak styles. (And consider faux-shearling, too, as its quality is much improved.)
Bing Shopping | Capes
Fashionistas are flocking to this neat new trapeze shape for both its warmth (it covers the entire upper body with simple slits for pushing arms through) and its awesome ‘60s-mod attitude. Jewel-toned capes are especially modern, and mixed-media (leather piping on wool blends) is always welcome.
Sweaters: Cable knits
Bing Shopping | Cable knits
Did you get the winter style memo? When you’re wearing cable knits, go big or go home. Supersized sweaters sport major texture, plus sometimes the added attraction (and cozy cuddle) of dolman sleeves, cowl necklines and asymmetrical hems. These big beauties are best worn over skinny corduroy pants or knit column skirts.
Sweaters: Long cardigans
Bing Shopping | Long cardigans
When those chill winds begin to blow, we appreciate the extra cover of a longer sweater. A boyfriend cardigan hits around hip length and is usually somewhat sleek, while a blanket cardi is heavier, warmer and these days made trendy with southwest prints and colors. Look for “dusters” when you want to go floor-length.